My process in making sculpture is experimental. Driven by the physicality of materials, the work is a constant analysis of the body as it relates to elements in the landscape. I am interested in containing and compartmentalizing nature and have long been focused on the phenomenological result of combining and composing with a variety of materials.
A while ago, I discovered a skin like substance growing in one of my sculptures. I was interested because it reminded me of human tissue, or the skin of an unknown creature, where to some eyes seen as beautiful, and to some extremely grotesque. After research, I learned that it is a fermentation culture, a bacteria called acetobacter. Acetobacter or “Mother of Vinegar,” begins as a film on the surface of wine, accelerating fermentation, and actually causes the wine to change into vinegar. The film becomes a thick plane, resembling skin, which takes the shape of the container it grows in. When the layers are finished growing, the vinegar in the tank is carefully replaced with water and white vinegar so the biological constructions are clearly visible. The final piece is alive but in a state of hibernation.
Since 1995, I have been experimenting with this organic building material as a medium to construct living sculptures. During the last couple of years, I have been drilling holes in the tanks and adding blown glass objects as a new element in these abstractions.